Moms all over the world have yet another reason to celebrate breastfeeding and all the good that it not only does for you and your child but the world as well.
As a matter of fact, there’s a new report that says the more you breastfeed, the more you are doing to help the environment. That’s because scientists say that infant formula is actually doing a lot of harm to the planet. Here’s what you need to know. According to The Daily Telegraph, both scientists and health professionals are encouraging mothers all over the world to breastfeed as much and for as long as they can. This is because infant formula actually produces a lot of waste.
In fact, a study in Britain claims that infant formula produces a significant amount of greenhouse gas from dairy cows. It also depletes water and electricity and creates a lot of waste. A study conducted by a team of researchers found that in the U.K., infant formula can cause the equivalent of 77,000 cars worth of damage when it comes to the environment. That’s because cow milk has a large water footprint, with up to 4,7000 litres per kilogram of powder.
Many health professionals have encouraged mothers to breastfeed for at least the first six months of a child’s life. While the rate of breastfeeding is increasing in the United States, Britain has some of the lowest rates in the world. Only 34 percent of babies are still breastfed beyond the six-month mark in the U.K.
It’s been long pointed out that there are dozens of benefits when it comes to breastfeeding. It not only protects against allergies and eczema, but also reduces the risk of upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation versus formula. It also reduces the risk of viruses, urinary tract infections, inflammatory bowel disease, along with ear and respiratory infections. What’s more, it also lessens the risk of SIDS for babies under the age of six months.
So, in other words, breast milk is the ultimate sustainable food. It’s without a doubt that breastfeeding mothers from all over the world knew that already.